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PRELIMINARY PHARMACOGNOSTICAL AND PHYSICOCHEMICAL EVALUATION OF KHADIRASHTAKA KASHAYA (YAVAKUTA)

Chandani Goswami*, Prof. Mahesh Vyas, Harisha C. R., V. J. Shukla and Bharat Bhadiyadra

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Khadirashtaka Kashaya is a compound Ayurvedic formulation prescribed mainly in the management of Kushtha Vyadhi (skin diseases), Visarp Roga (erysipelous) and Masoorika (type of measels) in Sangraha Grantha like, Yogaratnakara, Gadanighraha, Bhaishajya Ratnavali. Kushtha and Visarpa diseases have common etiological factors mentioned as Saptaka Dravyasangraha in Charak Samhita. In present era people are adopting some novel dietary habits and lifestyle which are not suitable for health. Consumption of Incompatible food combinations, heavy meals, immediate exposure of cold and hot, travelling and exercise just after meals leads to several metabolic changes which results in unhealthy skin. Continued exposure of such factors further leads to long lasting dermatological abnormalities having vitiated Rasa and Rakta Dhatu. Khadirashtaka Kas haya helps to break the pathogenesis by its bitter-astringent taste, light and dry properties as well as blood purifying activity. In Present study Pharmacognostical and pharmaceutical analysis of Khadirashtaka Kashaya; showing the quality and genuineness of all the constituents of Khadirashtaka Kashaya (Decoction) has been done. Organoleptic features of coarse powder made out of the crude drugs were within the standard range. Loss on drying was 5.35 %w/w and pH was 6.5. HPTLC showed 2 spots at 254 and 2 spots at 366 nm. This shows the presence of certain definite constituents in the Churna (Powder) and is helpful for the easy separation of these constituents.

Keywords: Khadirashtaka Kashaya, Pharmacognosy, Physico-chemical analysis, Kushtha.


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